yellow split pea dal

This Dal is made using Yellow Split Peas and slowly cooked onions with chilli flakes and whole coriander seeds.  Use 2 pans, one for the Yellow Split peas and the other for the onions and spices.

Takes about 60 minutes, So I make enough to freeze for another day.

Wash and throughly rinse the split yellow peas several times.

Put the yellow split peas into the saucepan with the turmeric and cover with boiling water and simmer (gently boiling)

Scoop off any froth that appears on top

Constantly check the water hasn’t dried up and top up again while the Yellow Split peas are simmering. it will take about 60 mins

Stir and see if the Yellow Split peas are breaking up.  The trick here is to get the Yellow Split peas to cook and turn into a mash but not be too watery  (or too dry where they burn onto the pan).

If by the time the Yellow Split peas turn to mash they are too watery , simply continue to cook to evaporate the liquid but check it does not get stuck at the bottom, it will get stiffer when it cools down.

While the Yellow Split peas are cooking,  put the sliced onions, the coriander seeds and chilli flakes in the frying pan with oil and gently fry them – keep moving them and frying them until they become dark and golden (but not burnt – might need more oil).

Add the chopped garlic to the onions for the last couple of minutes. turn off the heat and add the ground cumin to the onion mix, stir and wait for the split yellow peas to be ready.

When they are ready, add the onion mix  into the Yellow Split peas mash and stir it in.

Check the taste and re-season with either more cumin or more chillies.

Optionally add chopped coriander and serve.

yellow split pea dal
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Yellow split pea dal

Takes about 60 minutes, so this recipe makes enough to freeze for another day.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Plant based
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 272kcal

Ingredients

  • 500 g dried yellow split peas
  • 1 tbsp chilli flakes
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp turmeric

Method

  • Wash and throughly rinse the split yellow peas several times.
  • Put the yellow split peas into the saucepan with the turmeric and cover with boiling water and simmer (gently boiling)
  • Scoop off any froth that appears on top
  • Constantly check the water hasn't dried up and top up again while the Yellow Split peas are simmering. it will take about 60 mins
  • Stir and see if the Yellow Split peas are breaking up.  The trick here is to get the Yellow Split peas to cook and turn into a mash but not be too watery  (or too dry where they burn onto the pan).
  • If by the time the Yellow Split peas turn to mash they are too watery , simply continue to cook to evaporate the liquid but check it does not get stuck at the bottom, it will get stiffer when it cools down.
  • While the Yellow Split peas are cooking,  put the sliced onions, the coriander seeds and chilli flakes in the frying pan with oil and gently fry them – keep moving them and frying them until they become dark and golden (but not burnt – might need more oil)
  • Add the chopped garlic to the onions for the last couple of minutes. after a couple os mins, turn off the heat and add the ground cumin to the onion mix, stir and wait for the split yellow peas to be ready.
  • When they are ready, add the onion mix  into the Yellow Split peas mash and stir it in. Let it sit for 10 mins to really blend together.
  • Check the seasoning maybe some salt, pepper or even more chillies.
  • optionally freeze half and use half
  • Optionally add chopped coriander and serve.

Notes

You could use dried red lentils instead of yellow split peas and the cooking would only take 20mins, its good, but not as good as yellow split peas,

Nutrition

Serving: 50g | Calories: 272kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 409IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 4mg
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